Summer in Vietnam
Photography, Fashion, & Innovation

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Explore the pearl of Southeast Asia.

Make the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (still known to many as Saigon) your home this summer. Study in English at RMIT Vietnam, a contemporary university with Vietnamese classmates and international faculty. Three weeks in Vietnam will expose you to the country’s history, aromatic food, and diverse entertainment. Vietnam’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it a hub for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. You should also check out other Vietnamese cities including Hanoi and Ha Long!


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • RMIT Buddy to help you adjust to your school and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Official RMIT University Vietnam DIGITAL Transcript
  • Centrally located for traveling to more of Southeast Asia
  • Art, humanities, and business options for a variety of students
  • Distinct culture with a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, French and American

Program Details

RMIT University - Vietnam

RMIT University Vietnam, South Saigon campus, is an Asian campus of Melbourne-based university RMIT, which is Australia’s biggest university. Established in 2000, RMIT was the first international university in Vietnam. RMIT Vietnam’s campus is a purpose-built, contemporary educational facility with comparable standards to many U.S. campuses and is home to more than 5,000 students, primarily Vietnamese.

The university is located in the education district of HCMC, about 4 miles from city center (about a 15-minute taxi ride or 25-minute bus ride) and offers programs from business and management to design, fashion, and engineering. All CIS Abroad students will enroll in Culture and Context in Vietnam, an exploratory course designed to introduce you to Vietnam’s history, culture, and society.

RMIT’s facilities are comparable to many small “western” campuses. It has typical learning facilities like modern, smart classrooms, a library with both hard and e-copies of learning resources, and an academic support center. Additionally, to support the social side of attending university, there’s a large recreation complex, several food and coffee outlets (even a Subway on campus!), a campus health center, and intramural sports, clubs, and activities organized by the student union.

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from RMIT University Vietnam will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Business

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design

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Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from RMIT University Vietnam will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

At RMIT University Vietnam, South Saigon campus, the below course is running during their Summer 2020 program, worth 3 US credits. The syllabus should be available as a downloadable PDF by clicking the link.

VART3660: Vietnamese Photography Studio: Ho Chi Minh City Through the Lens

Ho Chi Minh City is a highly dynamic city undergoing rapid social, economic and technological change. Echoes of a colonial past collide with Asian-modernism, the symbols of globalization wrestle with the traditional and the local, and advanced technologies seamlessly integrate with traditional modes of communication and mobility. The result is a rich, diverse tableau of color and content for photographers. In this Study Tour, you will develop photographic ideas and skills by investigating the cultural, historical and aesthetic qualities of modern Ho Chi Minh City. Your knowledge and personal approach will be developed through active engagement with the city, including gallery visits, excursions and on-site projects. Reflection on the many aspects of your study experience will inform your own photographic collection, produced during your immersive time in Vietnam.

Why Life in Ho Chi Minh City

Once called the Pearl of the Far-East, Saigon Gia Dinh (later renamed Ho Chi Minh City) has never failed that title. Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle represent special Vietnamese traits with contemporary touch of American and French characteristics. These days, the city is one of Vietnam’s key cultural, trading, and education hubs. And its central location in Southeast Asia is perfect for visiting nearby destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, and Malaysia.

For anyone with a passion for food, studying and living in Ho Chi Minh City offers you the opportunity to experience not only Pho (traditional soup) and Com Tam (broken rice) but also many diverse flavors, from restaurant food to street food. In order to experience the best tastes of street food, you need to know the right places, and the easiest way to do that is getting recommendations from your Vietnamese “buddy,” a local student who is matched with you and will help you acclimate to your new home.

Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city with a variety of entertainment, day and night. Learn about the history of the city by visiting its famous museums, or simply take in the local culture through strolls through the parks or stops at the many coffee shops. The City’s nightlife is thriving as well. From night markets to clubs to street food stalls, you’ll always have something to keep you busy. And, remember, you’re studying in the tropics! Just over an hour’s drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau offers a relaxing experience on the beach.

Live La Vida Local

  • Climate

    The hottest days are in April and May, with the coolest December to March.

  • Entertainment

    Unlike the gentle and classic beauty of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city with a number of entertainment forms, day and night.

  • Passion for Food

    Studying and living in Ho Chi Minh City is a good chance to experience not only Pho (traditional soup) and Com Tam (broken rice) but also many diverse flavors, from restaurant food to street food.

Housing in Ho Chi Minh City

Location

Students occupy single bedrooms in shared apartments or single-occupancy apartments in apartment buildings in residential areas of central District 1 or District 3.  Bedrooms have double beds.

Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like.

Meals

Apartments are equipped with kitchenettes so you can cook your own meals. Put your skills to the test and try cooking local dishes for your friends!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linens
  • Cleaning Service
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Single Room
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Two day and one overnight excursion optional
  • RMIT official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in both the university and CIS Abroad’s orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Vietnam, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. Your site director will also tell you all about the favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets, and entertainment). Join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect, help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and share them with family and friends. And eat one more amazing meal as part of your farewell to Vietnam.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Go underground to see the impressive network of tunnels used by Vietnamese soldiers against colonial French powers and during the Vietnam war. More than just a hideout, these tunnels were a way of moving about secretly and were equipped with kitchens, living quarters, and underground hospitals. A must-see!

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

Meet at the mouth of the Mekong where one of the world’s longest rivers meets the South China Sea. The river is home to more than just fish – the Mekong basin is one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Explore the natural and human-made beauty at the delta, from the rice paddies to the floating markets and pagodas.

Market and City Tour

Market and City Tour

Orient yourself to your new city! Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is known for its vibrant and buzzing pace. Take a day and see some of what it has to offer. Tour old colonial architecture like the Notre Dame Cathedral (yes, Vietnam has one, too!) or Old Post Office and bargain your way through some of Southeast Asia’s best street markets.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Be open minded with the new culture, cuisine, lifestyle etc. You can learn a lot through exploring, adapting and respecting new a culture, a new country. Be well prepared and planned to avoid culture shock in the first few days. Nowadays, there are many travel blogs, food review shows etc. that you can check as a pre-departure information then explore yourself later and have your own stories.

Travel Tip:

Be open minded with the new culture, cuisine, lifestyle etc. You can learn a lot through exploring, adapting and respecting new a culture, a new country. Be well prepared and planned to avoid culture shock in the first few days. Nowadays, there are many travel blogs, food review shows etc. that you can check as a pre-departure information then explore yourself later and have your own stories.

About:

I was born and grew up in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the biggest and most popular cities in Vietnam. I earned my BA in Sociology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City and spent more than a year in Holland for the certificate of International Communication. Since that study abroad experience, I have been always working in the field of Education, especially assisting Vietnamese students with planning and preparing for studying abroad. I have had opportunities to travel and explore different parts of the world such as Europe (Holland, Belgium, France, Germany), Australia, and Asia (China, Korea, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore). I’m keen on sharing my Vietnam with visitors. I enjoy spending time with my son, my friends and relatives, writing my own fiction stories, and watching television series.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: June 20
  • Departure: July 18
  • Price: $3,990
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 20 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.